Up­com­ing sil­i­con

Electronics For You - - Chips -

The up­com­ing chips show a trend wherein per­for­mance alone ceases to be the driv­ing fac­tor. Mind­sets have changed and bat­tery life is just as im­por­tant as per­for­mance. The new chips de­liver by fea­tur­ing low-power cores in­tended to take on the pro­cess­ing strain in stand-by mode.

Sam­sung Exynos 5250

Sam­sung’s Exynos 5250 packs two ARM Cor­tex-a15 pro­ces­sors clocked at 2 GHZ. The dual­core chip is claimed to of­fer about twice the CPU per­for­mance of ex­ist­ing prod­ucts that are equipped with a pair of ARM 1.5GHZ Cor­texA9 pro­ces­sors. It is built us­ing a a 32nm low-power high-k me­tal gate process.


The flag­ship of TI’S new OMAP5 se­ries, this 28nm SOC in­te­grates two ARM Cor­tex-a15 Mp­cores that are clocked at 2 GHZ each, two Cor­tex­m4 cores that are used as ac­cel­er­a­tors and CPUS that power the de­vice when in low-power/ standby mode. Ac­cord­ing to TI, the A15 ar­chi­tec­ture is about 50 per cent faster than the pre­ced­ing A9 cores and the en­tire chip is about three times faster than the pre­vi­ous gen­er­a­tion (OMAP4, which isn’t avail­able yet).

The graph­ics en­gine is based on the Pow­ervr SGX544MPX core as well as TI’S own 2D graph­ics en­gine. Users can run 1080p video at 60 frames per sec­ond and con­vert 2D 1080p video into S3D in 1080p in real time. TI claims that it has enough horse­power to sup­port a 2D dig­i­tal cam­era with up to 24-megapix­els res­o­lu­tion or 12-megapix­els 3D

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